GavelThief Closes Down After Seven Months
Online sniping service GavelThief has closed down after only 7 months.
Owner and developer Preston Lanier claims that eBay had taken measures against the service which meant it could no longer place bids reliably. Lanier said that eBay had flagged the addresses of all of their servers and was requiring image verification that the software could not pass. Lanier is now developing a desktop sniping application.
GavelThief was created in July of 2008 and released for public use in October. They had approximately 500 users and placed an average of 320 snipes per day.
Automated bidding is prohibited by the eBay user agreement, but has generally been tolerated by the company.